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Summer Festival of Arts & Antiques
Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Madison Historical Society will host a Summer Festival of Arts and Antiques on Saturday, August 27 from 9 AM to 4 PM. By creating a festival atmosphere with a variety of engaging summertime activities, the MHS hopes to offer something of interest for everyone.

This end-of-summer celebration of art, antiques, and family fun will feature vendors of fine antiques and collectibles from across the region, selling ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, kitchenware, linens, memorabilia, pottery, toys, vintage accessories, and more. 

Additionally, an art exhibition and sale will be mounted by members of the Madison Art Society. This showcase of original works by local artists will feature a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, drawings, and sculpture. Plein-air painting demonstrations will also be offered by select artists during the event.

Live demonstrations of such traditional crafts as bobbin lace weaving and spinning, doll making, bookbinding, pottery molding, and pottery decoration will also be featured. Crafters will sell their wares and offer instruction on these pre-industrial trades. 

A classic car show of antique vehicles will be another highlight of the day. Among other vehicles, visitors will be able to see a Stanley Steamer dating from the early 1900s, a Triumph TR6 in mint condition, and a beautifully restored 1940 Ford pickup truck.  

Family-friendly activities designed to engage a younger audience will include colonial games, a dunk tank, life-size Jenga and Connect Four games, face painting, henna tattoos, Silly Putty making, and a birds of prey meet and greet. Live musical performances and a delicious menu of fair foods and sweet treats round out the offerings.

A raffle will be offered throughout the day. Raffle items include a ride along the shoreline in a Stanley Steamer, an original watercolor portrait of your home by local artist Bill Dowling, gift certificates to Dine-Around Madison, a beauty and spa package, and assorted gift baskets. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. 

View of 2015 Antiques Fair

By creating a summer festival atmosphere with a variety of engaging activities, the MHS hopes there will be something of interest for antique collectors, Madison residents, and summer visitors. 

Just steps from the Fair is Lee's Academy, home to the MHS administrative offices. Our exhibition hall on the Academy's lower level has begun its transformation into the Madison Center for History and Culture. Look for news of its opening later in 2023.

What you need to know

Dealer Information

Interested in participating in the largest outdoor antiques fair on the Shoreline?

The show offers booth spaces to a select group of vetted dealers of fine antiques.

Booth spaces - 30' wide by 20' deep - 100 sq ft more than previous years

$65 prior to July 1/$85 thereafter

Additional vendor information can be found in the contract terms below.

Contract Terms

If you wish to be considered for participation in the Fair, please complete the contract application below and return it to:

Madison Historical Society
P.O. Box 17
Madison, CT 06443

Dealer Application

Please include photographs of the merchandise you would offer for sale. A member of the antique fair committee will contact you to discuss your participation.

Please call us at (203) 245-4567 or email us for any other information.

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Important visitor information

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine
Date: August 27, 2022
Admission Fee: $6 / Free Admission to MHS Members
$1 off admission with coupon

Sidewalk Cafe: 
Breakfast and lunch all day long
MHS Information Booth: books for sale; membership information
Pets on leashes are welcome; any damages to exhibitor displays/wares are the responsibility of the pet owner.

Location: Madison Green; parking is available around the green.
Directions: I-95 North or South to Exit 61. Travel south on CT State Route 79 (Durham Road) to US Route 1 (Boston Post Road). Take a right turn on US Route 1 and travel a short distance to the west, to the Madison Green, which is bounded by the Boston Post Road, Meetinghouse Lane, and Copse Road.

For a $1 discount off the price of an individual admission, please print the ad that appears on this page.
Ads will also be available in local newspapers, retail establishments, and at our offices.


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